Got it Friday, didn't get a ton of time with it this weekend. I do really like it after I got it set up for me. Cool guitar, nice resonance, body is small and a little strange after playing a strat but it's growing on me. I like the pickup choices in it, I may try a Bill and Becky Lawrence in the bridge, but the BLUSA one is pretty nice. It has a nice tone and the Schaller is very smooth. I've used quite a few Schallers over the years and really like them, I think their tone is somewhere between the OFR and the Edge. I think the BF system does make chords up the neck sound better too, again, need some more time to really make that call. The Stephens joint is very cool, it's kinda weird when you grab it at the neck joint and think, there should be more here...
Now the niggles, mine has the zipper marks in the finish on the back too, I saw them when I put it on my bench under the flourescent light to set it up. You can't feel them, and you have to look pretty hard in the black to see them, but they are there. It's something in their process, or something they are stacking them on when they come from paint or something. Also, the frets stick out of the sides of the fretboard a little, not enough to cut you or anything, but slightly annoying. This one was made in '06, so it may have been fine when it shipped, but since the neck only has an oil finish, it may be more susceptable to initial shrinkage. The frets are very nicely dressed, so I'm thinking this probably happened after it left the factory. Not a big deal, I'll get them cleaned up, but for the cost of a CS guitar, it's a little annoying to have to have anything done to it. But, I don't think there is a Washburn service center around here and it probably costs less to have it done than ship it somewhere, not to mention I really don't want to have to let it go for a couple of weeks.
I'll probably be better able to comment on it after playing it for a week or so, but so far, there are a few nitpicks for it being a custom shop instrument, but overall, it's a cool guitar. Slightly different, yet still has a semi-traditional look at the same time. Oh yeah, the black with the chrome hardware and the aluminum pickguard it smokin'!
Still curious about the padauks, but if I look at another guitar right now I'll probably have to find somewhere else to sleep